Tiny but Mighty

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This course enhances your understanding of smaller companies and the psyche of their management. SMEs account for 99% of Singaporean enterprises and hire 7 in 10 workers in the marketplace hence the Singapore Exchange has made it possible for these corporations to seek funding on the Catalist Board. Small companies offer higher potential for Alpha yet stock picking remains a crucial factor for success. Therefore, we will examine all the factors that enable them to survive and thrive in the domestic and global ecosystem.

In this course, you will explore the various scenarios that have impacted smaller businesses including international developments, economic changes and industry cycles. Investing in smaller‐cap companies can be extremely rewarding so join us in our Tiny but Mighty adventure!

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

– Explain and showcase the reasons behind why there is always a need for small companies from both the Singapore and the global perspectives
– Understand why the Singapore Exchange has been the enabler for small enterprises to seek funding via the listing on the Catalist Board
– Understand the trend of listings on the Main Board versus the Catalist Board on the Singapore Exchange
– Understand the drawbacks of being small, the factors that create Alpha for these companies and also be able to identify key success factors and advantages for small and mid cap companies which have prevailed against the odds
– Examine several quality enterprises and their business models and understand the success factors that have worked in their favour
– Analyze and understand why management plays such an important role in small companies
– Identify those companies that have fallen by the wayside and understand the underlying reasons
– Understand the reasons behind the constant evolution of small enterprises in the economy

Course Outline

Introduction – The World of Small Companies
Small but mighty companies of the World

The Singapore Experience
The rise of SMEs in the Singapore economy
Listed landscape in Singapore
Examine the trend of Catalist Board Listings on the SGX

Understanding the psyche of small companies
Data on Singaporean small listed companies
Why they provide Alpha opportunities
Trends of small companies and why they

Case studies of listed small & mid cap companies
Specific successful small & mid cap companies in Singapore

Group Activities
Group discussion and role play on leadership of 3 ‘sample’ companies
Showcase real outcome of these enterprises

Growing pains – What went wrong with small companies that failed
Specific companies that have failed
Red flags that investors should look out for

Tiny but mighty will flourish
Why the ‘small’ will continue to thrive

Trainer Profile
Lena Yong

As Executive Director and Chief Trainer, Lena drives the training curriculum at LIAM Consultants and oversees to material that are included in the training syllabus. She is key to the direction taken in the courses and holds a firm belief that everyone, if taught properly, can be a great sales person.

Lena brings to LIAM a wealth of sales experience both as a sales manager and as a sales person with over 28 years of experience in the financial industry. Trained as a company secretary and cost management accountant, her career in stockbroking began in late 1987 as an analyst. Lena subsequently spent 10 years researching a myriad of sectors including gaming, consumer, plantations and property with the former Baring Securities, SG Warburg as well as UBS. She then moved into institutional sales and was ranked in Asiamoney and other foreign and domestic polls including being named best salesperson in Malaysia for two years running by financial-based The Edge magazine.

She then headed sales teams in international equity houses such as CLSA and the Australian-based investment bank, Macquarie Group before she became Head of Institutional Sales Asia with Singaporebased regional house UOB Kay Hian. Lena is presently Head of Institutional Broking Asia with RHB Securities Singapore where she oversees to the entire Institutional Equities & Research teams in the five regional markets of Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Thailand and Indonesia.

Prior to joining the financial industry, Lena began her career as a business journalist in The Business Times in Malaysia.

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